Pages of the Sea

Pages of the Sea


 

Pages of the Sea https://www.pagesofthesea.org.uk/about/was part of Danny Boyle’s national creative project for Armistice Day.

The Nerve Centre https://nervecentre.org/asked us to be partners and produce an event on Portstewart Strand on 1th November 2018. And what happened that day really took our breath away. People came from all over to pay their respects in the most gentle, quiet and beautiful way – creating hundreds of figures in the sand, nurses, soldiers – to represent all the ordinary people who lives were sacrificed during two world wars and conflicts since. The impressions to be slowly and quietly taken away by the incoming tide.

Kids, families, people who had lost family members .. all took part.

We devised small quiet pieces of theatre that moved in and amongst the people and mirrored the quiet and reflective mood of the event.

A working day for us, but we just couldn’t help being deeply moved by a very special few hours in cold sunshine on the beach, as everyone around us was.

Our project lead for pages of the sea was Nina McNeary, who working with Gill from the National Trust https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ and volunteers co-ordinated brilliantly.

We really didn’t know what to expect with this one, but we are grateful to have been part of it.

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